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Religious Studies

Religious Studies WHERE IT CAN TAKE YOU YOU Sample Work Functions

Sample Work Settings

erally Those who study this major gen and , nce direct their skills, experie g career knowledge towards the followin functional areas:

Here is a sample list of work settings (or work environments) that might interest someone with this educational background:

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Business Ministry Editor Lawyer Lobbyist Librarian

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Teacher International Relations Chaplin Public Relations Art

Archieves Correctional Institutions Camps Universities & Colleges Think Tanks Consulting Magazines/News

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Libraries Healthcare Peace Corps Religious Organizations K – 12 Education Non Profit Organizations

• City/State Government

HOW TO GET THERE Try on this major

There are several courses within the Religious Studies department that any UNCG student can take as a way to “try on” the major and determine if it is a good fit for you. Talk with your advisor if you are interested in “trying on” this major: REL 101: Introduction to Religious Studies (GEC: GPR, GE Marker: GL) REL 111: Non-Western Religion (GEC: GPR; GE Marker: GN) REL 202: Hebrew Bible (GEC: GHP, CAR: GPM) REL 209: Elements of Christian Thought (GEC: GPR; GE Marker: GL)* REL 231: Religion in America (GEC: GHP, CAR: GMO)*



When to take coursework

Students pursuing a Religious Studies degree are required to take several different General Education Core (GEC) and College Additional Requirements (CAR) courses during their freshmen and sophomore years. To ensure that you stay on track to graduate, talk with your advisor about registering for the following courses: •ENG 101: College Writing I —first semester, freshman year •REL 101: Introduction to Religious Studies – either semester, freshman year •REL 298: Thinking About Religion – either semester, sophomore year

Campus Organizations & Clubs and Disclaimer/How to Use Professional Associations • Religious Studies Club • AHIMSA • American Academy of Religion • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion


Major-Related Learning Communities

By joining one of the University’s signature learning communities or living-learning communities you can gain real world experience while also taking classes with students and faculty members with similar interests to yours. As a Religious Students major, you might be interested in one of the following: • Communities in the Discipline • ORCAs: Opp. for Research and Creative Activities • Global Connections, Local Impacts UNCG is developing new learning communities on a regular basis. Contact the Office of Learning Communities to learn more about all the different options available to you.


Sample Graduate Programs

Students graduating from a this undergraduate program also look at continuing their education in these sample programs: • Public Affairs • Counseling Programs • Law School • Theology Programs • Divinity Programs • Medical Programs

Sample Salary Information

Salary information below represe nts median trends for sample job functions below and may not account for variables including geography, candidate background, or other factors involved in salary negotiation. For more complete information, che ck out the O*Net and the Occupation al Outlook Handbook in addition to conducting informational intervie ws with professionals in the field . • Journalist: $36,000 • Librarian: $55,370* • Paralegal: $46,990 • Counselor: $40,080* • Clergy: $44,060* • Teacher: $64,990* • Professor: $62,050* • Philosophy and Religion Instruct or: $64,990* • Religious Directors: $37,280 *additional education may be requ


Organizations Where our Alumni Have Gone • • • • • • • • •

Moses Cone Hospital Forensic Consulting Firm Catholic Dioceses of Charlotte Leadership Institute at Community & Justice Department of Religious Studies at Berea College Pro Behavioral Health ResourceNet International Carilion Health Systems Bank of America

GPA & Other Program Requirements

Once you declare this major and select your academic concentration, you want to be sure you are aware of the various GPA and program requirements. Knowing these in advance will help you stay on track each semester and in planning out your long-term goals. Concentration

GPA & Program Requirements

Application Procedures

Religious Studies (BA)


A grade of C or higher must be earned for all major requirement courses.

Sample Minors/Double-Majors

Often, UNCG students may be interested in pursuing a second major or a minor to complement their major. If this is of interest to you, be sure to discuss it with your advisor early on. Some possible minors or majors to consider include: • Political Science • English • History • Communication Studies



Freshman Highlights • Classes to take: ENG 101, REL 101 • Schedule time to meet with an academic advisor in the Students First Office to develop a 4-year plan

Sophomore Highlights

• Apply to participate in a learning/living-learning community

• Classes to take: REL 298

• Sign up early for tutoring and Supplemental Instruction through Student Success Center

• Meet with your faculty advisor to ensure you are on track in completing your GEC requirements

• Log into SpartanCareers to view jobs and start your career

• Visit Students First Office to estimate your GPA and review your degree evaluation!

• Check out undergraduate research opportunities • Review the ExploreIt! Shadow Program

• Apply to the CSD major by completing the application. Watch for deadlines! • Visit Career Services Center to talk with a Peer Career Ambassador! Time to get your major confirmed and resume started! • Attend Career Services Theme Weeks!

Junior Highlights

• Begin to develop your professional network!

• Discover leadership opportunities through clubs and organizations • Check out opportunities - Office of Leadership & Service Learning • Visit Career Services Center to complete your resume, practice interviewing, learn about graduate school, and/or prepare your internship search action plan!

Senior Highlights

• Meet with your faculty advisor to finalize your plans! • Apply for graduation via University Registrar. Watch out for deadlines! • Take the “Senior Check Up” to see what skills or experiences you should make use of at Career Services

• Attend Career Fairs and Employer Information Sessions

• Start applying to jobs and graduate programs!

• Contiue to build your professional network by speaking with faculty, employers, and alumni!

• Attend Career Fairs!!!

• Complete a Course Overload Form in Student First Office if you need to register for more than 18 hours

• Network, network, network!!!

Department of REL Career Services Center

#1 Elliott University Center 336.334.5454

Students First

061 McIver Building 336.334.5730

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